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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 01, 2021, 11:11:14 am

Title: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 01, 2021, 11:11:14 am
This was Allen's response when I first mentioned it. Why indeed.

I woke up one morning some months back with this thought going around in my head, closely followed by more important items that was conveniently pushed to the side but kept re-emerging. But yes, Hoedspruit.

In 1982 I found myself (and 1400 others) in Valhalla Pretoria at the SAAF intake base for national service. It was all an adventure to me so no real idea but what was soon made clear was I had 2 choices; 4 years short term and I might fly a transporter or 10 years PF and if really good, I might fly something somewhat faster and more exciting. That time frame did not suit my conquer the world plans. Yet somehow 45 of us got chosen for a unit called 250 ADU. ?? ... or Anti-Aircraft Defense Unit Hoedspruit in real language. Even sooner it was made known that is was a real "paraat" unit, no skebengers; "julle gaan afkak daar."
So, I joined the SAAF Valhalla Soccer team, got Northern TVL colours and 250 retreated into the dark depths of my mind ... but for 40 years I have wondered what might have been. I should at least go have a look even thought 250 ADU no longer exists.

So we start planning, it's clear the ride will not be to Namibia this year, everything is so mixed up so let's stay in SA, what can go wrong...? Right?

3 days before I depart GBR, Allen informs me he will not be able to make the trip this year due to a family emergency. Blixsem! Another solo trip looms.

So I head for the Klein Karoo ...

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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on July 01, 2021, 11:13:09 am
Sub!! :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: dirtyXT on July 01, 2021, 11:14:28 am
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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 01, 2021, 11:19:07 am
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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 01, 2021, 11:20:47 am
Sub!! :thumleft: :thumleft:

Lyk vir my dis still in die Baai vandag ...  >:D
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on July 01, 2021, 11:24:06 am
Sub!! :thumleft: :thumleft:

Lyk vir my dis still in die Baai vandag ...  >:D
Nope hierdie baai is nooit meer stil nie soos die res van die land nou hiernatoe vlug of kom weg kruip vir covid. Erwe wat al 20+ jaar lê word nou verkoop vir mal pryse. As n bouer in Stilbaai nie werk het is dit sy eie skuld op die stadium :deal:
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 01, 2021, 11:38:29 am
For some reason my default setting when not sure where to go is Sutherland ... this was not the plan 3 days ago but, nou ja, Sutherland is a lekker ride from any direction. ROAM has successfully re-introduced Cheetahs to the Klein Karoo, the last being shot in 1862 I believe if I have the dates correct, they have a mother and 3 eight month old cubs so the first successfull breeding of cubs in over a century, and they are to be commended for it!

ROAM Game Reserve is situated 55km from Klaarstroom on the Beaufort West road from De Rust. One drives to the reserve Managers house and then transfers to a lodge vehicle for the 45min ride to the maximum of 10 guest farm house that will be yours for the night.

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All the usual suspects are there to greet guests and they look in fine shape too.

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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Malibu on July 01, 2021, 11:44:12 am
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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 01, 2021, 11:51:17 am
The 90 year old farm house has been converted into luxury accommodation for a party of 10 max. I have the place all to my self and prepare for a night drive later.

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The night drive shows this place in a whole new way, the crew are excellent hosts and I feel very fortunate to be here.

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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: skydiver on July 01, 2021, 12:15:26 pm
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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: ETS on July 01, 2021, 12:20:20 pm
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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: DUSTRIDERS on July 01, 2021, 12:25:57 pm
Eish kry ek nou daai bak neute lus, die winterkoue laat my vreet!! ;D ;)
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 01, 2021, 12:47:02 pm
But ROAM is all about the successfull re-introduction of Cheetah to the Klein Karoo and they have spent a lot of time and effort to make this possible. A large herd of Springbokkies provide prey, 5000 hectares provides space and owner and staff commitment provides the rest. She has been collard so tracking her whereabouts is relatively easy and we set out to find her early the next morning.

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The reserve was started about 5 years ago. It took 18 months to set it up and introduce the animals, 3.5 years ago it opened to the public and it has taken 2 years to get Mamma Cheetah used to human intrusion. She is fine with the guides and guests but does not like anyone to wear masks.

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The cubs consist of two brothers and a little sister, she is the curious and playfull one and we are in for an unexpected treat that has never happened before in the time that they have had the Cheetah's here.

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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Kamanya on July 01, 2021, 01:00:40 pm

The night drive shows this place in a whole new way, the crew are excellent hosts and I feel very fortunate to be here.

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What is this?
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 01, 2021, 01:04:43 pm
They are all at ease with the 3 of us and we can see signs of a recent kill with blood on her collar, tummy's are full and Mom is fine with us being just 8m away.

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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 01, 2021, 01:07:18 pm

The night drive shows this place in a whole new way, the crew are excellent hosts and I feel very fortunate to be here.

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/xq90/924/szMbhC.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/poszMbhCj)

What is this?

Meerkat safe enclosure, they have burrows all around but the Jackals are everywhere and this provides safe retreat.
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Noneking on July 01, 2021, 01:09:22 pm
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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: sidetrack on July 01, 2021, 01:16:08 pm
Wow beautiful seeing the Cheetahs in the veld and not some small enclosure  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Tabasco on July 01, 2021, 01:25:39 pm
250 must have closed in Hoedspruit not long after that time,
cause in '87 it was at Hammanskraal aka "Die Plaas" north of Pta
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 01, 2021, 01:39:32 pm
250 must have closed in Hoedspruit not long after that time,
cause in '87 it was at Hammanskraal aka "Die Plaas" north of Pta

... quite correct ... it was never in Hoedspruit ... but I had forgotten that fact and it would take this trip to Hoedspruit to remind me of that fact ... :imaposer:
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 01, 2021, 01:44:33 pm
The little female get up, stretches and gives us a looong look ...

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Little sister gets up and moves off a little behind us ... and big brother decides it's time to introduce himself. He is not as friendly as lill' sis and gives us some attitude ...

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Baby sister returns to calm the big brother down, these humans are just to play with ...

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The other brother had come close but lay down 4m away and just watched the goings on.

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The rangers have never experienced such interaction with the Cheetah's before and are astounded at how close they came, we were surrounded by 3 cubs between 3 and 5 meters from us for at least 20 minutes. That is an experience that will stay in my mind for a long time.
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Vis Arend on July 01, 2021, 02:03:27 pm
Sub, always enjoy your rr's.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Tabasco on July 01, 2021, 02:08:55 pm
250 must have closed in Hoedspruit not long after that time,
cause in '87 it was at Hammanskraal aka "Die Plaas" north of Pta

... quite correct ... it was never in Hoedspruit ... but I had forgotten that fact and it would take this trip to Hoedspruit to remind me of that fact ... :imaposer:
ok, let me not screw up a good story now with facts  :lol8:
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 01, 2021, 02:11:41 pm
Sub, always enjoy your rr's.   :thumleft:

Dankie Mnr en Mev Vis.
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 01, 2021, 02:14:52 pm
Whilst all this is going on not 3m from us, Mama has moved off about 25m away and is watching the kids at play .. she calls softly 3 times but no one pays her any attention. Finally the little female moves off and lifts her tail ... and soon we have 3 Cheetah in a row with tails in the air ... the animal way of telling us what they think of us smelly creatures??

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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: ALLEN I on July 01, 2021, 02:54:50 pm
Great RR so far buddie. Yea this is really gonna pissssss me of for not been able to do the trip. (Sommer dik de moer in met my self) ( Ye was flat on my back with covid, tried to avoid everybody, but ye the young gooses call on a ou to go play  ;D ;D :biggrin: :imaposer: :imaposer: :ricky:, so picked up the bloody covid and was stuffed to do the ride) at least i survived it so ill have to just check out the RR like the rest of you "Ous"
Gooi it buddy (lat ons ry) :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 01, 2021, 04:12:22 pm
Great RR so far buddie. Yea this is really gonna pissssss me of for not been able to do the trip. (Sommer dik de moer in met my self) ( Ye was flat on my back with covid, tried to avoid everybody, but ye the young gooses call on a ou to go play  ;D ;D :biggrin: :imaposer: :imaposer: :ricky:, so picked up the bloody covid and was stuffed to do the ride) at least i survived it so ill have to just check out the RR like the rest of you "Ous"
Gooi it buddy (lat ons ry) :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

Oupa Allen, you are to old for gymnastics boet …
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 02, 2021, 06:43:28 pm
The stay at ROAM and the Cheetah experience was a profound one and I am in no need for long roads today so I head back on the N12 to Prince Albert for day 2.

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The R353 to Kruidfontein is a pleasure but Leeu Gamka Shell station insist on one dismounting - I think it's unnecessary and would rather fill up somewhere else.

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The R353 is a nice surprise to Fraserburg.

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The fight for economic survival takes it's toll out here ... some don't make it ...

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... others look good ...

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The views from the Komsberg Pass is nice and clear.
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Nice touch by this farmer.

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Sutherland has load shedding and it's cold so I stay in and do not have a look at Saturn's Rings this year.

The R361 flies by to Prieska where the Riverview Lodge is not what it was.

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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 02, 2021, 07:32:27 pm
Critchley Hackle Lodge in Dullstroom lies at 2000m, it's a lekker place to stay and the little village is humming with people and activity.

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6k's out of town I turn left onto a nice gravel road that stretches 25km up to the Steenkampsberg Pass ... Hoedspruit is a little nearer today.

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It's a bumpy road and it's mostly 1st gear ... but I do see tracks of heavy vehicles using it too ... and there it is, a Cement Truck bumping along with no plans to stop so I follow slowly at a distance. Where the hell is he headed to ...?
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Just before the tar he turns onto a site for water run off from the tar road ahead.

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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Wolzak on July 02, 2021, 07:46:28 pm
 :thumleft: thank you.
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 02, 2021, 08:03:34 pm
On these photos it might not look like it but the R36 will soon be so bad that it will be un-recoverable. Constant traffic from Coal side tipper trucks are chewing it up to dust.

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The JG Strydom Tunnel ahead ...

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Here be Giants!

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Sleep in a 727 ... someone with big plans for this old bird.

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I book in to Raptors Lodge for two nights in Hoedspruit, a busy two road town with lots of traffic and trains running by just outside of town ... this is the destination I had in mind. Now to find 250 ADU .... or so I thought ...

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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: XRRX on July 02, 2021, 08:42:26 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: ETS on July 03, 2021, 10:52:55 am
The R361 flies by to Prieska where the Riverview Lodge is not what it was.

 :'( :'( :'(   Its a shame i know. Next time please stay by us :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Duster on July 03, 2021, 02:29:52 pm
Lekker Ian, ek like...... :sip:
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 03, 2021, 02:48:22 pm
The R361 flies by to Prieska where the Riverview Lodge is not what it was.

 :'( :'( :'(   Its a shame i know. Next time please stay by us :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

I must apologies ETS, it is not very polite to stay somewhere else when there are good people and better options like yourselves in Prieska. I certainly will let you know when next we will be there.
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 03, 2021, 03:05:44 pm
The Raptor Lodge is nice and quiet and with wildlife within the fence. I drive out to the SAAF airbase and speak to the sleepy guards there, it's very quiet out there but I get the feeling there was even less to do here in the '80. So where was 250 ADU I ask?  ... what...? ...and shaking of the head is the general reply from the 3 who are more interested in the AT than 250. Strange say I .... and move on. Later I meet a guy in town on a new 1100 AT, long story short he can't recall 250 being around here either ... Whatever, and I let it slide.

I head South now on the R40 which starts well and then get dirty and noisy but the Injaka Dam looks great!

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The R533 continues on to Graskop with it's impressive Gorge attraction.

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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 03, 2021, 03:17:46 pm
I am headed to Kaapsehoop for tonight via the MacMac Pools.

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Beautiful part of the country you guys have here!

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Kaapsehoop is a hidden gem at 1600m up in nowhere really. I stay at the Kaapsehoop Gastehuis. Nice place and you park right at the door to your room. At breakfast the next morning the owner and I get chatting ... turns out he was in the SAAF too and I mention my story that had no result. With a large smile he tells me that 250 ADU was never in Hoedspruit ever but at Hammanskraal ... as he says it I remember everything ... so 4600km to the wrong town ... but it's a great ride so far. For some reason I have just 1 photo of the place.

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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 03, 2021, 03:53:54 pm
In Ladysmith I stay at the Bokmakierie Country Lodge where you park as close as possible to your room as the manager is a biker too. Nice place other than Load Shedding issues.

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The next morning I turn right onto the R103 at Mooi River, and what a road to Himeville this turns out to be!

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It is just such a lekker road to do.

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In Himeville I book into Chikanka House, the owners father was the first man up Sani Pass in a car in 1948.

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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: ALLEN I on July 06, 2021, 06:00:13 pm
Nice Buddy. Fok ek is moerse jelous. Well at least im getting a ride still even if its on your RR.  :biggrin: :biggrin: :ricky: :ricky:
gooi nog
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: BIGMAC on July 09, 2021, 08:53:29 am
The Road from Nottingham Rd to Himeville is the most scenic road along the Southern Berg - Bikers Paradise - glad you enjoyed it. :ricky: 
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Vis Arend on July 09, 2021, 08:21:02 pm
The Road from Nottingham Rd to Himeville is the most scenic road along the Southern Berg - Bikers Paradise - glad you enjoyed it. :ricky:

They say so.   :thumleft:  I need to go back, the 1st and last time we rode that road it was during the night.   :eek7:  We could not get accommodation in Mooirivier and had to push trough to our daugter in Kokstad.   :patch:
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 10, 2021, 03:58:51 am
Chikanka Lodge sits at the end of the first road as you come into town with an uninterrupted view of the Berg.

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Still some nice gravel roads around out here.

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Bontebokkies watch me slowly go by.

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I'm heading for Elliot today but stop to take some photos outside Ugie where a mate of mine planted lots and lots of trees in the '90's.

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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on July 10, 2021, 04:16:46 am
I have been through Elliot many years ago and thought it uninteresting then ... well it is not. A family from JNB has sold up and settled there. They built The Guardians Lodge and it's a smallholding with 4 Boarder Collies, 8 Peacocks, about 500 Sheep and a restaurant ... it's impressive ... if a little impersonal.

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The Guardians are really only noticeable when right under them ... another hidden gem in the EC.

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The last few days on this years ride takes me to East London for the first time this Millennium.

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I stop in to see a friend in EL and it's a good catch up. This 13 day trip ends 2 days later back in Great Brak, in all a 4577km ride to the wrong place that turns out to be just the right place after all ...

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Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: big oil on July 10, 2021, 04:33:38 am
Man, what an unforgettable experience with the Cheetahs.

What a trip, screams of incredible scenery, solitude, comfortable accommodations, and a great bike. 
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: ALLEN I on July 11, 2021, 12:38:52 am
hell thanks for the great RR and the lekker ride. :biggrin: :ricky: :ricky:   Just sorry once again that i could not do the trip with you, but at least im still here, so theres always time for another one.  :spitcoffee: :spitcoffee: :lamer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: 10Klr on July 29, 2021, 05:08:20 pm
Beautiful trip and well written, thank you!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Where ...? To Hoedspruit...? Why there ...?
Post by: Bokveld on July 29, 2021, 08:13:46 pm
     Enjoyed your RR. As usual ,you never disappoint.